The man who has organised the vigil to remember murdered takeaway worker Tipu Sultan has said he felt compelled to bring the community together.
Lalon Amin was speaking to ITV Tyne Tees ahead of the vigil outside the Herbs and Spice Kitchen in South Shields this evening, the place where Tipu was shot dead on Tuesday, April 7.
He said: "Tipu Sultan left tremendous love behind with the local community and I thought it was a great opportunity for the whole local community to come together to pay their respects."
"It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved in the community."
"I felt compelled that we should come together as a community, not just a Bangladeshi community but as a whole community, to come together to remember Tipu Sultan and pay our final respects."
Also at vigil was Jay Islam. He and Tipu Sultan were childhood childhood friends. He says the everyone is still struggling to come to terms with his death.
He said: "When you see his family in tears and his kids are always asking when is our father going to be coming back, we have got no answers. It is big shocking news, especially how Tipu Sultan has always been involved the community."
A vigil will be held tonight outside a takeaway where a father was shot dead in a targeted murder by two men on a motorbike.
Friends of Tipu Sultan will gather in South Shields and hold a minute's silence, as well as lay more flowers and read poems.
Police have arrested a man on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. He has been released on bail.
The funeral of Tipu Sultan will take place on Wednesday, April 22.
The father-of-two was shot dead at point blank range outside the takeaway where he worked on April 7.
Northumbria Police has today confirmed the second post mortem of Tipu Sultan has taken place.
Officers say it has been established the 32-year-old died of a gunshot wound.
Mr Sultan's family have appealed to the public to "take five or ten seconds out of their life to say a little prayer to their God for Tipu".
The father of two was shot dead at point blank range outside Herbs and Spices kitchen in South Shields last Tuesday, April 7.
Police investigating the murder of Mr Sultan believe two men seen on a red motorbike at the time of the shooting are responsible for his death.
The family of a man who was killed outside a takeaway in South Shields have asked the public to "take five or ten seconds out of their life to say a little prayer to their God for Tipu".
Mahsum Sultan has said the sudden and violent way that his brother died has left their "world totally shattered".
Speaking at a press conference this morning he said the "devoted father" was the foundation of their family:
32-year-old Tipu Sultan was shot last Tuesday night outside the Herbs and Spices kitchen where he worked.
Northumbria Police have said they still have no clear motive for the killing, but that they have more than 100 officers working on the case.
Northumbria Police say they have 100 officers working on the investigation into the murder of Sultan, one of the biggest investigations they have conducted.
His family have made an appeal to the public for help to find his killer as detectives say they still have no clear motive.
Mr Sultan was shot on Tuesday, April 7, at the back of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen where he worked.
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The family of murdered takeaway worker Tipu Sultan are holding a press conference as the investigation into his death continues.
Mr Sultan was shot on Lake Avenue on Tuesday 7th April.
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A man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder following the death of Tipu Sulan, has been released on bail pending further enquiries.